Andre Ward believe that no one should be upset by the fact that Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez go to fight against a rival that on paper is easy as Avni Yildirim.
“I think no one should be angry (for the rival of Canelo)”, said Andre Ward in an interview for the program Ak and Barak. That’s the name of the game. I don’t care what your resume is, it’s not healthy to fight a rival of the best in every fight. You are not going to last long, and if you do, you will have a lot of problems when your degree is over. It is a chess game ”.
The fight between Canelo and Avni Yildirim has generated criticism on social networks. Among the reasons are that on the day of the fight with the Mexican, Yildirim will accumulate two years of inactivity. And besides, he comes from losing his last fight against Anthony Dirrell. There is no resounding triumph in his record.
The former super middleweight, light heavyweight, and new Hall of Famer world champion, thinks the Canelo has made the right decision by taking the fight with Yildirim, after the one with Callum smith.
“You have to take a tough fight, maybe with a decent name like Callum smith“, said Ward. “But then you have to take a mandate. The mandate is out of your hands, because you have to satisfy the CMB. Then you have to face another good name like Billy joe saunders. I have no problem with that”.
Why Avni Yildirim is Canelo’s next opponent?
He Canelo is programmed to face Avni Yildirim next February 27 in Miami. Yildirim is the second classified of CMB and is the mandatory rival of the body to dispute the 168-pound title that is held by the Canelo.
This was a prior commitment that the Canelo acquired when the CMB decided to dispute the title of the 168 that was vacant in the fight between Canelo and Callum smith. Before that fight, the CMB had ordered that Canelo and Yildirim face off for that vacant title, but the Turk agreed to step aside for them to fight Canelo and Callum for that title, with the promise that he would fight the winner.